Thursday, October 16, 2008

HealthGrades announces new 2009 hospital ratings

You can now see the ratings of hospitals, based on specific medical procedures, at the HealthGrades site: http://www.healthgrades.com/

According to Judith Graham, Chicago Tribune reporter: "For consumers, an important message is there are real differences between medical centers in terms of how well patients fare when they're having a heart attack or a stroke or when they're admitted with heart failure or pneumonia.
The new rankings are particularly useful in helping people have important conversations with their physician. If I were having a hip replacement, for example, and my doctor recommended that I have the operation at a hospital with a three-star ranking for that procedure, I'd ask for the reasons behind his or her choice."

Other news items covering this announcement can be found at this Google News link:
http://news.google.com/?ned=us&ncl=1257518684&hl=en&topic=m

1 comment:

Barbara K. said...

Thanks for pointing us to this resource. Very interesting

 
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